Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Mass Revisited

St. Padre Pio once remarked, "It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do so without the Holy Mass."  He was echoing the sentiments of St. Leonard of Port Maurice who had said, " I believe if there were no Mass. the world would have sunk into the abyss under the weight of its wickedness.  The Mass is the powerful support which sustains it."

Power of One, Single Mass
  • At the hour of your death, the Holy Masses you have heard devoutly will be your greatest consolation.
  • Every Mass will go with you to Judgment and plead for your pardon of sins.
  • Through the Sacrifice of the Mass, Our Lord supplies for many of your negligences and omissions.
  • By piously hearing Holy Mass, you offer the greatest consolation to the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
  • Through Holy Mass, you are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes that would have otherwise befallen you. 
  • You shorten your Purgatory through every devout Mass.
Spoken from the Saints

"No human tongue can enumerate the favors that trace back to the Sacrifice of the Mass.  The sinner is reconciled with God, the just man becomes more upright, sins are wiped away, vices are uprooted, virtues are increased, and the devil's schemes are frustrated."  -St. Lawrence Justinian

"Without the Holy Mass, what would become of us?  All here below would perish, because that alone can hold back God's arm."  -St. Teresa of Avila

"Without the Mass, the world would already  be destroyed by the sins of men ages ago."  -St. Alphonsus de'Ligouri

"Know O Christian, that the Mass is the holiest act of religion.  You cannot do anything to glorify God more, nor profit your soul more, than by devoutly assisting at it, and assisting at it as often as possible." -St. Peter Julian Eymard

How the Angels pray for us during the time of Holy Mass

"It is impossible to deny or doubt that the Angels are present at Holy Mass.  The Catholic Church teaches it, and the Psalmist does the same when he says, "He hath given His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all they ways." (Ps. 90:2)  from this we know that they go about with us everywhere, that they are to us ministering spirits, and are ever ready to help us.  Oh how delighted they are to accompany us to Holy Mass!  How eagerly they do all they can to keep us from inattention or irreverence!  We know there are at least as many Angels as there are people in the Church, because everyone has his Guardian Angel to assist him in his prayers and to adore with him Christ present upon the altar.  Therefore, be sure that you ask your Guardian Angel to hear Mass with you and for you, and in your name to worship the Divine Victim.  Thus, what is wanting in your prayer, will be made up by him, and the Holy Sacrifice will be more acceptable to God Almighty."

"That the Angels pray for us St. Chysostom states int he most explicit manner:  "when thee priest at the altar offers the Stupendous and Sublime Sacrifice, the Angels stand beside him, and all around the altar are ranged choirs of heavenly spirits, who raise their voices in honor of the Victim who is immolated.  Thus, it is not lowly mortals alone who call upon God; The Angels kneel before Him; the Archangels plead on behalf of men. It is their most propitious time; the Sacred Victim may be said to be at their disposal,  Through Him they urge their petitions....How cheering for us to know that the Holy Angels pray so earnestly during Mass for all who are present, that they implore mercy for us poor sinners.  For the supplications the Angels proffer are more potent than those which we mortals send up to Heaven, for the Angels are inflamed with the love of God; they behold Him face to face; they speak with all the devotion of their pure hearts. Consequently, they obtain what they ask of God more readily than we do, with our cold, careless petitions, so full of distractions., Wherefore, if you will unite your prayers during Mass with those of the Angels, they will pierce the clouds and will obtain a favorable hearing more certainly than if you had offered them at home and alone."

(The Incredible Catholic Mass--Fr. Martin von Cochem)

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